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CC42 - Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)


Compulsory Residential School

Some units in this course require you to attend a compulsory Residential School or Work Integrated Learning. Please see Course Features in the Getting Started tab for further information.

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who have completed an accredited three year course in psychology that includes a level 3 statistics unit, and who wish to complete an accredited fourth year in psychology and become eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist in an Australian State or Territory. In the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you will undertake 48 units of credit to satisfy the requirements of the award. You will be introduced to applied and professional uses of psychology as well as professional ethics and an appreciation of the social and cultural contexts of psychological research and professional practice. You will also undertake advanced research training, and have the opportunity to conduct your own original piece of research that may in some cases lead to publication in a professional journal.

Career Information

Psychologists are employed in a wide and diverse range of areas including clinical work, counselling, neuropsychology, child development, education, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as in teaching and research. The majority of psychologists work in the private sector, although significant numbers are employed by government departments and agencies. By successfully completing the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours), you will become eligible for provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. From there, you will be able to apply for admission onto further specialist units in order to train for work in a particular field of Psychology.

Course Details
Duration 1 years full-time or 2 years part-time
Credit Points that Must be Earned 48
Number of Units Required CQUniversity uses the concept of credits to express the amount of study required for a particular course and individual units. The number of units varies between courses. Units in undergraduate courses normally consist of 6 points of credit or multiples thereof (e.g. 12, 18, 24).
Expected Hours of Study One point of credit is equivalent to an expectation of approximately two hours of student work per week in a term.
Course Type Undergraduate Award
Qualification (post nominal) BPsychSc (Honours)
AQF Level Level 8: Bachelor Honours Degree

Admission Codes

Domestic Students
Tertiary Admission Centre Codes (TAC) Codes
Not Applicable
International Students
Where and when can I start?
Units offered internally at the below campuses may be delivered using a combination of face-to-face and video conferencing style teaching.
Units offered via MIX mode are delivered online and require compulsory attendance of site-specific learning activities such as on-campus residential schools, placements and/or work integrated learning. See Course Features tab for further information. Online units are delivered using online resources only.
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Domestic Availability

Term 2 - 2022


Term 1 - 2022


Term 1 - 2021


Term 2 - 2020


Term 1 - 2020


Term 2 - 2015


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International Availability

Term 2 - 2022


Term 1 - 2022


Term 1 - 2021

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Term 1 - 2020


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Entry Scores
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Entry Requirements
The Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is designed for graduates who have completed a three year, accredited Australian Psychology Accreditation Counsel (APAC) degree in psychology who wish to complete an APAC accredited fourth year.
To be eligible for consideration your degree must satisfy the following;
  • Completed within the last 10 years

  • Completion of third year Statistics

  • Minimum GPA of 5.5. Calculation of your GPA is based on the successful completion of second and third year approved APAC psychology sequence units

  • Overseas qualifications must be assessed for comparability to an Australian psychology education pathway for entry into an APAC accredited course in psychology . This assessment must be completed by the Australian Psychology Society (APS) before students are eligible for entry into CC42.

    English Requirements:

    If you were not born in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa or United States of America, you are required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements set by the University.

    Applicants are required to provide evidence of completion of:

    • a secondary qualification (Year 11 and 12, or equivalent), or
    • tertiary diploma level qualification, or
    • bachelor level qualification study for a period of at least 2 years fulltime with a minimum overall GPA 4.0

    completed within Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, Ireland, or United States of America, which will meet the English proficiency.

    If you do not satisfy any of the above, you will need to undertake an English language proficiency test and achieve the following scores:

    • An International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) overall band score of at least 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each subset; or
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Requires 550 or better overall and minimum TWE score of 4.5 (Paper Based Test), or 75 or better overall and no score less than 17 (Internet Based Test); or
    • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) - Requires an overall score of 54 with no sub-score less than 46; or
    • An Occupational English Test with Grades A or B only in each of the four components; or
    • Cambridge Certificate in advanced English (CAE) - Score of 180 or above; or
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - Score of 200 or above; or
    • Combined Universities Language Test (CULT) - 70% with no individual component score of less than 15.

    English test results remain valid for no more than two years between final examination date and the date of commencement of study, and must appear on a single result certificate.

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Security Requirements
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Health Requirements
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Assumed Knowledge


Course Features

Awards and Accreditation

Interim Awards Not applicable
Exit Awards Not applicable
Professional Accreditation

The CQUniversity Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council as a 4th year of psychology study. Successful completion of this course will mean that you are qualified to apply for provisional registration as a psychologist. Provisionally registered psychologists are required to undertake a minimum of two years industry supervision or a relevant postgraduate course, such as the CQUniversity Master of Clinical Psychology to be eligible for full professional accreditation as a registered psychologist. As a registered psychologist the opportunity exists to gain employment in a wide range of fields such as clinical psychology, counselling, clinical neuropsychology, educational, forensic, health, organisational and sports psychology, as well as teaching and research (which do not require professional registration).

Learned Society Accreditation Not applicable

Residential School Requirements

Compulsory Residential School There is a compulsory residential school for the unit Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology and unit Research Project A within the first term of commencing the course.
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Practicum/Work Placement

Not applicable

Previous and Current Enrolments

Year Number of Students
2021 104
2020 131
2019 111
2018 98
2017 81
Inherent Requirements
There are Inherent Requirements (IRs) that you need to be aware of, and fulfil, to achieve the core learning outcomes of the units and course. IRs are the essential capabilities, knowledge, behaviours and skills that are needed to complete a unit or course.

Please note that in some instances there may be similarities between course, entry and inherent requirements.

If you experience difficulties meeting these requirements, reasonable adjustments may be made upon contacting Adjustment must not compromise the academic integrity of the degree or course chosen at CQUniversity or the legal requirements of field education.

Ethical Behaviour

Examples are:

  • Complying with academic and non-academic misconduct policies and procedures such as CQUniversity’s Student Charter, Student Misconduct Policy and Student Behavioural Misconduct Procedures, and Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).
  • Treating personal information obtained as private and confidential.
  • Respecting an individual's/group's diversity by demonstrating sensitivity to religious, cultural and individual differences.
  • Demonstrating an ability to reflect on ethical dilemmas and issues and using an ethical decision making model to take responsibility to ethically resolve dilemmas.
  • If undertaking research, preparing an application for the university ethics committee to conduct a research study.

Behavioural Stability

Examples are:

  • Being reflective with personal behaviours appropriate for professional performance and being positive and receptive to processing constructive supervisor/lecturer feedback or criticism.
  • Interacting with people from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures in a calm and composed manner in difficult to deal with situations.
  • Successfully processing your own emotions and behaviour when dealing with potentially emotionally labile people in a wide range of professional environments.
  • Maintaining behavioural stability through successfully distinguishing your won personal behaviours, experiences and emotions from those of others (e.g. colleagues, clients, research participants).

Legal Compliance

Examples are:

  • Complying with relevant child protection and safety legislation, mandatory reporting requirements and any other notifiable concern to your field placement supervisor.
  • Complying with the requirements for student registration with AHPRA or Australian Psychological Society (APS).
  • Complying with the policies and practices of organisations in which you may be placed or find employment.
  • Complying with university and workplace policy around the use of social media, online discussion forums, email and other electronic forms of communication.
  • If undertaking research, complying with the legal stipulations contained within an approved ethics application when conducting research with humans or animals.

Communication Skills (Verbal, Non-verbal, Written and Technology)

Examples are:

  • Verbally communicating your professional psychology practice knowledge and skills with accuracy, appropriateness and effectiveness in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Using language that is appropriate to the context of the individual, group or workplace.
  • Framing and leading discussion with clients and/or research participants to collect information and provide instruction.
  • Discussing a client's progress with other professionals.
  • Using appropriate facial expressions: eye contact, being mindful of personal space boundaries, and a range of body movements and gestures.
  • Recognising and interpreting non-verbal cues that indicate a change in the emotional state of a client.
  • Competently and appropriately producing written assessment work in a logical, coherent manner, and with correct grammar, punctuation and correct referencing to the required academic standards.
  • Expressing complex and detailed information and knowledge into a logical and legible report, in a timely manner that meets professional standards and clearly communicates the intended message.
  • Accurately conveying and documenting information in a written form that meets legal and professional requirements.
  • Where part of your course, preparing a document based on a body of research conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member.
  • Competently using a desktop operating system (e.g. Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X).
  • Accessing a computer and having sufficient computer skills to engage in online learning, reading and responding as required to emails, and completing relevant assessments for the course.
  • Regularly accessing the Internet for research, and email for communication with peers and lecturers.
  • Using a variety of computer programs to analyse, manipulate and display scientific information applicable to your course of study.

Cognitive Abilities (Knowledge and Cognitive Skills, Literacy and Numeracy)

Examples are:

  • Conceptualising and using appropriate knowledge in response to academic assessment items.
  • Completing academic learning activities and assessment tasks, and perform professional skills within reasonable set time frames.
  • Where part of your course, successfully conducting an independent research project that incorporates the cognitive knowledge and skills gained from the course and is appropriate for a psychology graduate.
  • Paraphrasing, summarising and referencing in accordance with appropriate academic conventions associated with the referencing format used by the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences (e.g., American Psychological Association [APA]).
  • Producing contextually appropriate text which meets professional and legal requirements.
  • Reading and accurately interpreting information related to clients and/or research participants, as well as convey a spoken message accurately and effectively in a professional setting.
  • Demonstrating competency in applying accurate mathematical knowledge and skills to score and interpret psychological test data.
  • Applying research methodologies in a variety of research contexts.
  • Conducting and interpreting statistical analysis using software such as SPSS, Nvivo, or R.

Relational Skills

Examples are:

  • Rapidly building rapport with people from all walks of life, as well as with colleagues and/or research participants and/or clients in the professional context.
  • Maintaining positive working relationships when under stressful circumstances.
  • Maintaining confidentiality in all contexts.

Reflective Skills

Examples are:

  • Reflecting critically on topics taught during the course.
  • Identifying when your practice may be negatively affected by personal experience and/or reactions, outside one's scope or expertise, and be able to reflect and learn from this experience.
  • Reflecting on situations that may be difficult and sensitive.
  • Identifying, reflecting and learning from successful situations as well as opportunities for improvement.

Sustainable Performance

Examples are:

  • Maintaining the appropriate level of commitment to coursework tasks, and actively participate in activities related to the course, including group work.
  • Undertaking examinations and on-line quizzes with adequate, sustained levels of physical energy and concentration.
  • Remaining focused and performing consistently during tasks.
  • Being aware of and managing your own workloads and personal commitments outside of university to ensure sustainable performance of course requirements.
  • Being aware of and managing your own stress and/or anxieties so that sustainable performance can be ensured within course requirements.

Core Learning Outcomes
  • 1. Analyse, critically evaluate, and transform the major concepts, advanced theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends in the core topics of psychology
  • 2. Apply advanced theoretical knowledge of psychological phenomena in a diverse variety of complex contexts, including at the levels of individuals, groups and organisations
  • 3. Apply a methodical-rational/scientific approach to the solution of research problems through the appropriate use of advanced research methods and statistical analyses in a variety of contexts
  • 4. Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences through written reports, essays, extended dissertation, group work and oral presentations, demonstrating the ability to construct coherent, persuasive and evidence based arguments that draw together independent strands to create an original whole
  • 5. Analyse, critically evaluate and transform scientific evidence for psychological claims showing an advanced awareness of ethical, professional and social responsibility and an understanding of indigenous, social and cultural diversity in the interpretation of findings
  • 6. Demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning, evidenced by reflection on personal and professional development through comprehensive self-assessment of abilities, achievements and motivation
  • 7. Demonstrate advanced cognitive and creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving problems with intellectual independence.
  Course Learning Outcomes
Australian Qualifications Framework Descriptors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1. KNOWLEDGE Have coherent and advanced knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts in one or more disciplines and knowledge of research principles and methods
2. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence
3. SKILLS Have cognitive and technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of a body of knowledge and theoretical concepts with advanced understanding in some areas
4. SKILLS Have cognitive skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in developing new understanding
5. SKILLS Have technical skills to design and use research in a project
6. SKILLS Have communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences
7. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Demonstrate initiative and judgement in professional practice and/or scholarship
8. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS Be able to adapt knowledge and skills in diverse contexts
9. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Be responsible and accountable for own learning and practice and in collaboration with others within broad parameters
10. APPLICATION OF KNOWLEDGE & SKILL Plan and execute project work and/or a piece of research and scholarship with some independence
Course Structure

In order to complete this course, you must:

  1. Complete the core structure
Number of units: 6 Total credit points: 48

Students who intend to apply for registration with the Psychologists Registration Board must be aware that they will be required to commence this Honours level qualification in psychology within 10 years of completion of their accredited 3 year undergraduate degree in Psychology.

Year 1 - Term 1
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC14051 Psychology Research Project A
PSYC14047 Advanced Data Analysis
PSYC14050 Ethics & Professional Issues in Psychology
Year 1 - Term 2
Students must complete the following compulsory units:
PSYC14052 Psychology Research Project B
PSYC14049 Professional Practice of Cognitive Therapies
PSYC14048 Advanced Psychological Assessment
More Details

Applications for Term 1 2021 intake have an early closing date of 31 October 2020. 

Entry requirements

Successful applicants must take up their place for the year and term for which it is offered. If your application is successful and you are not able to take up the place offered, your place will not be held open and you will need to re-apply competitively for a place starting in any subsequent year or term.

When a mid-year intake is available, intakes at Term 1 and Term 2 are considered as separate and independent streams. Applicants who are offered a place commencing in Term 1 must follow the sequence of Term 1 followed by Term 2 study. Applicants who are offered a place commencing in Term 2 must follow the sequence of Term 2 followed by Term 3 study and there can be no switching between streams.

Study schedule

Students commencing the course in Term 2 can study either full-time or part-time.

Students commencing the course in Term 1 can study either full-time or part-time. 

It is required that course work units (PSYC14047; PSYC14050; PSYC14049 and PSYC14048) are completed prior to or contemporaneous with the Research Project (PSYC14051 and PSYC14052).

Credit transfer

Credit transfers are not granted for Level 4 units.

Computing Requirements

It is a requirement of enrolment in this course that students have access to the CQUniversity website. Students may be required to undertake various components of study in the course using email and the Internet.

It is strongly recommended that students have access to a broadband connection or higher to access online student resources that would include but not limited to, email, internet, video streaming, electronic assessment submission.